ARCANUM – The Arcanum Lady Trojans defeated the visiting Franklin Monroe Lady Jets 3-0 in a Cross County Conference matchup Tuesday night before a large crowd of fans from both schools.
“They played great together tonight,” said Arcanum first year coach Macey O’Dell. “We are starting to gel. We are starting to play together nicely. We look like a team.”
Arcanum never trailed in the three games played but the young Lady Jets made the Lady Trojans earn the win.
“We graduated six seniors last year,” said Franklin Monroe first year Coach Angie Filbrun. “We have two girls with varsity experience. We are building on that. We are a young team. We are working hard. Very proud of them. I think the best is yet to come.”
Game one had the teams even at 1-1 and 2-2 before Arcanum made a 6-0 run to taking an early 8-2 advantage.
The Lady Trojans stretched its lead to 16-6 only to have FM close out the game’s scoring with an 11-9 run with Arcanum winning by a 25-17 score.
Game two saw an early 2-2 tie before the Lady Trojans used a 14-3 run to lead 16-5 with the Lady Jets rebounding; turning a 9-4 run into a 20-14 game.
Arcanum would outscore the visitors 5-3 to closeout game two securing a 25-17 win.
Franklin Monroe battled back from an early game three 6-3 deficit to knot the score at 6-6, 7-7, 11-11, 14-14, 17-17 and 19-19. Arcanum answered each tie with a score to keep FM from leading in the three game match on the night.
The Lady Trojans outscored FM down the final stretch 6-2 to take game three by 25-21 score.
“We had little goals…baby steps,” said Filbrun. “We were trying to get one more point, one more point, and they did. They fought, fought, fought. They were almost there. Very proud of them.”
“Stevie (Johnting) was impressive tonight with her blocks and her kills,” said O’Dell. “Shai (Robinson) had a ton of kills again tonight.”
“Stevie is now starting to play back row for me,” added O’Dell. “We have switched quite a few things around the last few games and she did great in the back row too.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Arcanum’s Shai Robinson drills a kill in win over Franklin Monroe